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The Destruction of Tilted Arc: Documents

Martha Buskirk and Clara Weyergraf-Serra, with Introduction By Richard Serra

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ISBN 10: 0262730898 / ISBN 13: 9780262730891
Published by The MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 1991
Used Condition: Good Soft cover
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288 pages. Paperback, bound in illustrated stiff paper covers. Texts in English, with illustrations in black and white. There is wear to the edges, and rubbing and evidence of handling to the covers, and foxing/speckling to the edges of the page block. Else, the binding is solid, with a clean and unmarked interior. Dozens of documents, letters, and testimonials that surrounded the ultimate removal of a major work of American site specific sculpture from the place where it was commissioned and designed for. Bookseller Inventory # 017782

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Title: The Destruction of Tilted Arc: Documents

Publisher: The MIT Press, Cambridge MA

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Wrappers

Book Condition:Good

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Richard Serra's Tilted Arc, a 120-foot curved Cor-Ten steel structure in New York City's Federal Plaza, was destroyed in the spring of 1989 by the General Services Administration, the federal agency that had commissioned and installed what was Serra's most ambitious and probably most important public sculpture. These documents from the public hearing and the court proceedings are an essential primary source for scholars of art and law, providing a complete and moving record of censorship in the arts.

The impassioned speeches by important artists, political figures, and by federal employees for and against the sculpture's removal also make fascinating reading. Among those testifying at the hearing were Marion Javits, reading a letter from her husband, the dying Senator Jacob Javits; Congressman Theodore Weiss; artists Claes Oldenburg and Frank Stella; filmmaker Emile de Antonio; and Museum of Modem Art director William Rubin. Richard Serra's introduction presents his own acerbic view of the government's case.

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Martha Buskirk is Associate Professor of Art History and Criticism at Montserrat College of Art.

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